Warm November Temperatures and Record Latest Hard Freeze

Warm November Temperatures Continue - Just Inside the Top 10 Warmest Novembers All-Time

Latest Hard Freeze Record Set for Kansas City

Record Least Number of Freeze Days in November for Kansas City

In a complete reversal of fortune from an abnormally cool October, temperatures across Kansas and Missouri for the month of November have been unseasonably warm. In fact, with the exception of the central Gulf coast and portions of the West coast, the majority of the nation has experienced above average temperatures this month (with much above readings encompassing most of the plains and upper Midwest). Although somewhat more seasonable late November temperatures have been experienced lately, departures from normal are still quite significant. Below is a map of temperature anomalies across the nation provided by the High Plains Regional Climate Center.

Temperature Departure November 2009

With the entire local region is some 5 to 9 degrees above average, this month now lies right on the cusp of the top 10 warmest Novembers to date. November 2009 may fall just inside the top 10 warmest Novembers on record. Presented below are tables of the top 10 November 1-29 time frame, and the top 10 entire month for the Kansas City area (current Kansas City November average temperatures as of Nov 29th is 50.2 degrees, with an estimated November 2009 average temperatures based on forecasts around 49.9 degrees).

Nov 1-29 Rank

Avg Temp

 Year   

1

52.2

1999

2

52.1

1909

3

51.7

2001

4

51.2

1913

5

51.1

1931

6

51.0

1964

7

50.6

1899

8

50.5

1958

9

50.3

1915

10

50.2

1990

Nov 1-30 Rank

Avg Temp

 Year   

1

51.9

1909

2

51.9

1999

3

51.5

1913

4

51.2

2001

5

50.6

1931

6

50.5

1899

7

50.2

1914

8

50.1

1990

9

49.9

1915

10

49.9

1958

 One interesting facet of these much warmer than average conditions is the lack of sub-freezing temperatures across eastern Kansas and Missouri. On the morning of November 30th, Kansas City (and the majority of the local region) had its first hard freeze (defined as a temperature of 28 degrees of lower) of the season. This sets the record for the latest occurrence of a hard freeze in the Kansas City since records began in 1888. Presented below is a table listing the new top 10 latest hard freeze dates in Kansas City.

Rank

Date

Year

1

Nov 30

2009

2

Nov 29

1905

3

Nov 27

1944

4

Nov 26

1902

5

Nov 26

1958

6

Nov 25

1928

7

Nov 24

1931

8

Nov 24

2004

9

Nov 23

1924

10

Nov 22

1918

Freeze locations Midwest
  Freeze data across the Midwest (courtesy of the Midwest Regional Climate Center).

Also record noteworthy is the least number of freeze days in November 2009. Only 3 days during the month had a temperatures of 32 degrees or lower, which breaks the previous record of 4 days set in numerous other years. Below is a table listing the years with the least number of 32 degree days in November.

Rank

# of Days

Year

1

3

2009

2

4

1905

2

4

1913

2

4

1923

2

4

1963

6

5

1931

6

5

1999

8

6

1899

8

6

1915

8

6

1922

8

6

1998



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